In October the 2013 Loeb Annual Study Tour descended on the Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, for several days of walking tours, panels, working sessions, reconnecting and networking. It wasn’t all nose to the grindstone: some attendees dropped into polka night at Nye's Polonaise Room in the historic Nordeast Minneapolis neighborhood; others caught a pop-up concert by homeboy Prince (yes, really).
Matt Kiefer characterized the experience:
Minneapolis has a reputation for civic engagement and for support for the arts, but I hadn't previously appreciated the connection between the two. I was struck by how much the arts are seen as a means of building social capital. The Guthrie Theater (built with a lot of corporate and foundation support) is as much a civic gathering place as a performance venue. Many public projects have an art component - often involving Loebs like Roger Cummings and Seitu Jones - and artists are even embedded in planning processes to help with community engagement.
The Annual Fall Study Tours are planned by resident Loeb alums of the destination city. "The great thing about the Loebs’ eye view is that you get connected to the city in a way no tourist would be able to and the people who are making things happen,” said Sally Young (coordinator for the Fellowship). "It was an especially rich exposure through the efforts of the 5 Loebs who live in the Twin Cities: Jennifer Yoos (’03), Seitu Jones (’02), Jody Tableporter (’06), Roger Cummings (’09) and Deidre Schmidt (’08).
See the slideshow for the details.